I came across this adorable Penguin Nail Art video tutorial and knew I just had to try it!
Here was my final product:
I took some progress pictures so you can see them coming together:
First, I painted all of my nails with a basic black nail polish. I used Liquid Vinyl by Orly.
Then, using my new dotting tools, I did my best to create hearts on top of the black using a white nail polish. I used Paper Mache nail polish by Fingerpaints. This was definitely the most difficult part of this manicure, especially when working on my right hand with my left.
The little penguins start to take shape once you start the next step and begin adding the orange on. I didn’t have a nail striper in yellowy-orange like she does in the video, so I decided to use my nail dotters and a basic orange nail polish (I used Hi Def – Sephora by OPI). I did my best to add little feet and beaks similar to what she did in her tutorial.
Next up was the eyes. I started with black dots, gave them a minute or two to set…
…and then added the white dots on top.
Part of me actually prefers them without the white dot on top. They are so cute with the big fat black eyes. Either way though, they are very adorable and I was so happy I found this tutorial on youtube.
Here is the complete video tutorial I followed, I hope you check it out!
This kind of nail art was totally new to me and definitely a challenge. But I found it very rewarding because of how fun they looked afterwards. I’m looking forward to trying out something like this again soon.
What are your favourite Winter/Holiday inspired nails this season?
There are so many bloggers out there that create amazing and beautiful designs with the help of “nail dotters”, or “dotting tools”. I’d looked around for them at Sally Beauty Supply, Wal-Mart, drugstores, etc and was never able to find any sort of set that offered multiple sizes.
So I turned to my trusted friend Samira who let me in on the secret of where she got her set of nail dotters…Ebay!
I paid only $1 (“Buy it now”) for the below set of nail dotting tools a couple of months ago and received free shipping to boot! Good luck beating this deal anywhere, I think it’s safe to say that you won’t.
They shipped this nail dotting set from China and it arrived about a month after placing my order.
I checked out Ebay just now and this set is a common sale item from multiple sellers, with various prices ranging from $1-$2 including shipping. So if you are looking for a set like this and not in a major hurry, this could be a great solution for you. It certainly was for me!
A set like this one helps you create different sized near-perfect circles with no hassle. You can also use the small tips to create more detailed designs if you struggle like I do with using a brush to create free-hand art. I find the latter especially taxing when using my left hand to create the designs on my right hand.
A common alternative to nail dotting tools like these, is the use of toothpicks and bobby pins to create a similar effect. But you won’t have access to the same size range that you would with a set of tools like this one. So for $1, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. 🙂
Seeing as this was my first attempt at nail dotting, I wanted to do a very simple manicure to begin with. I basically just wanted to test out the different sizes and see if I could get used to using them.
I used Turned up Turquoise (neon nail polish by China Glaze) as my base and then created small dot clusters using black and white nail polishes (Liquid Vinyl by Orly and Paper Mache by Finger Paints respectively).
This manicure was super easy and quick to create. I had everything done in just a few minutes! I look forward to getting more creative with these nail dotters and stretching my limits when it comes to nail art. If there are any pointers or secrets for using these, please let me know!
What is your favourite design or way to use nail dotting tools?
I haven’t done a nail marble in a while and when my good girl friend Isabelle came over to watch movies and have some nail fun. She wanted to play with the Zoya jelly polishes and make “jelly sandwich” nails and I felt like marbling because it had been ages since I had.
I started with a white base on all my nails. I used “Paper Mache” by Fingerpaints. It required 2-3 coats for completely opaque coverage.
I wanted do use neutral colours and nothing too bright. So I actually opted for a black and silver. I used “Liquid Vinyl” by Orly as my black nail lacquer and “Platinum” from Mary Kay as my silver nail lacquer.
Using scotch tape you want to tape around your nails, exposing just the white and covering the skin about one-third of the way down your finger.
Using a small bowl (that you don’t care about ruining) fill it with room temperature water. I am using the bottom half of an old pop bottle. Given the dried drips down the side, you can see I reuse this all the time. Then, alternating each time, drop your polish into the centre of the water. Let each drop expand before dropping your next one. It should create a bullseye like pattern similar to this:
Then, using a toothpick, create a design in the water.
Then, simply dunk your finger in the water. Remember that your nail will pick up the exact pattern of wherever your nail makes contact with the design. If you are going for a specific design or pattern, you will likely only be able to do one nail at a time. Repeat for all nails, so your hand looks something like this. Also, don’t forget, that while your nail is submerged, use your toothpick to grab the extra “skin” of polish on the water before pulling out your finger.
Give them a few minutes to let them dry before removing the tape. Then simply clean up your fingers and skin with a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover.
Do you guys like how this nail marble turned out? Do you have a favourite colour combination for water marbling or something new you would like to see?
Thanks for reading everyone!
If you are completely new to marbling I have a more complete photo tutorial here.
It had been far too long since I’d put any effort into how my nails looked. So I decided to go all out and do a nail marble, instead of just painting them a single boring colour.
Depending on how familiar you are with Nail Marbling, you might want to first visit my full picture tutorial “The Art of Nail Marbling“.
I wasn’t actually blown away by how this manicure turned out. I found it, just “okay”. I blame it on my being rusty! But I figured I’d still post about it and let you all take a peek anyway.
To start out, I used a white basecoat: Paper Mache by Fingerpaints. I did two coats and let dry.
Then I taped around each nail on one hand using scotch tape.
For my marbling colours, I went with a green, red and blue nail polish – all from China Glaze. (I’ve used these polishes multiple times for nail marbling and have never had any problems getting them to expand in the water.)
I decided I wanted a lot of white in this manicure, so I alternated each colour with a drop of white in between (again, using Paper Mache nail lacquer by Fingerpaints as my white). My bullseye pattern ended up looking like this:
Using a toothpick I created a design.
Over the past few months I’ve had three posts about Konad Nail Stamping. Not that long ago I had a mini-haul and got a bunch of new plates and some new Konad Special Nail Polishes. From that haul, one of the plates I was dying to try was the m55 stamping plate with a bunch of fruit designs on it. I thought this was just too cute and couldn’t pass it up when I saw it. Wouldn’t you say that it’s the perfect time of year to be sporting fresh fruit on your finger tips!?!?
The m55 plate from Konad has the following nail designs:
- a bunch of Grapes
- a slice of Watermelon
- a cluster of Blueberries
- a couple of Strawberries
- a slice of Citrus (could be lime, lemon or orange depending on the colour you choose to paint it)
- and half a kiwi
This was my first time using the nail stamping plates where I had to use multiple colours of nail polish on the same design. I wasn’t sure how well that would work out…but it was surprisingly easy.
Want to know how?? Let’s get started with the picture tutorial!
- Select a base colour of nail varnish for your nails. Because I knew I was going to do multi-coloured fruit, I chose to use a white nail polish so I could have a blank canvas. After all, I wanted the focus of this manicure to be on the fruit, not the base. For this step, I used Paper Mache nail polish from Fingerpaints (available at Sally Beauty Supply).
- Let your base colour dry completely! If your nails aren’t completely dry, when you push down on your nail with the stamp you might smear your base.)
- Next, lay your plate flat on a piece of paper towel and be sure to have your scraper, stamper and a cotton ball ready (your cotton ball should have some nail polish remover on it).
- Using your Konad Special Nail Polishes, paint the designs in the colours you want your fruit. You can see my example picture here for the blueberry design:
- Next, you want to grab your scraper and hold it at a 45 degree angle to the plate. Swiftly swipe the extra polish off the plate. This will leave a little bit of polish in the grooves of the design leaving you something that looks like this:
- Quickly press the stamp down onto the design, transferring the design to your stamp.
- Now, you want to either press, or roll the stamp across the surface of your nail. This will transfer the design from the stamp to your nail.
- Grab your cotton swab, wipe clean the scraper, stamp and nail plate.
- Repeat for all nails.
So tell me, what do you think of this Fruity Manicure??? Do you have a favourite Konad nail plate you like to use for stamping?
Thanks for reading!
Please check out my full Konad Nail Tutorial here.
Feeling like my nails have been neglected as of late, I decided to do a fun water marble last night. But rather than just random patterns, I opted for a design that would allow me to get a similar look on each nail.
Using Sexy in the City (blue polish by China Glaze) and Paper Mache (white polish from Fingerpaints) I came up with this:
If Nail Marbling is something new for you, please check out my nail marbling introduction here complete with lots of photos.
- In order to recreate this look you will need: scotch tape, a cup of room temperature water, toothpicks, white nail polish and a second contrasting polish of your choice.
- Prep your nails with two coats of your white polish.
- Scotch tape around your nails to make your life easier later.
- Begin dropping your polish into the water, alternating white and your second colour. Create a bullseye that looks something like this:
- Take a toothpick and create the design of your choice. For my burst design, drag your toothpick in towards the centre, creating an almost flower like shape. (If your centre gets super messy, take your toothpick and push it straight down into the centre and pull it back out, keeping your toothpick straight. This will clean up your centre.)
- Now, with your nail parallel to the surface of the water, hovering over the very centre of your design, push it down into the water. Then, using your toothpick clean up the rest of the polish from the surface of the water (leaving your finger submerged.)
- Once the surface of the water is clean, go ahead and bring your finger out of your water.
- Give your fingers a bit of time to dry before removing the tape. I like to do a complete hand before I remove the tape.
- Then, all you need to do is a little bit of clean up. Using a q-tip and a touch of nail polish remover, clean up the areas that your tape didn’t protect.
- Viola! A Burst of Blue manicure.